Building trust will be “deciding factor in cloud service provider competition” in 2021

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Spend on cloud infrastructure services by US-based companies grew 29% in Q1 2021 to a record $18.6 billion (£13.10bn), after global cloud spend consolidated in 2020.

Total cloud expenditure in the US increased $4.2bn (£2.96bn) in the past year and $621 million (£437m) in the first quarter of the year, according to the latest Canalys data. Dollar for dollar, annual expansion was the highest in two years, indicating robust demand for cloud services. 

The trend of...

Oxford University partners with Oracle to ID COVID-19 variants

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Oxford University has selected Oracle to help speed up the identification of COVID-19 variants.

A specialist platform developed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will help with global genomic sequencing and examination, thereby mitigating the impact of potentially dangerous strains.

The emergence of more infectious variants of the COVID-19 virus is threatening to slow the global recovery and potentially thwart current vaccine immunity, according to Oxford University. To...

NHS Scotland’s track and trace system utilises Microsoft Azure

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NHS Scotland has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a new COVID-19 track and trace system as coronavirus-related restrictions begin to ease.

The solution uses QR codes that, when scanned with a device, take the user to a secure Government website where they can submit their name and contact details. An app has also been created that enables people to save their details for ease of use in future.

Restrictions put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus are beginning...

Satya Nadella’s Microsoft Ignite keynote speech analysed: Cloud driving digital transformation

It is all but impossible to be a cloud CEO giving a keynote speech and not frame your discussion around the impact of Covid-19. As your event is virtual, caused by the pandemic, and powered by cloud, thoughts naturally turn to what will remain from the 'new normal' - and what needs to change.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, put forward his five-step plan for the next generation of innovation in the cloud. AI, edge and even blockchain featured heavily - along with a smattering of...

Privacy Shield ruling could lead to dark clouds ahead for hyperscalers, advocates warn

The ending of the Privacy Shield agreement by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could have serious ramifications for the major hyperscale cloud providers, according to privacy activists.

Privacy Shield is an EU-US agreement which 'provides companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements in support of transatlantic commerce', in the words of the framework's website statement.

Max Schrems, a leading privacy advocate,...